The writing is fantastic. The film moves along at a sharp pace. The dialogue is graphic, but never unnecessarily vulgar. There are so many brilliant lines delivered in this film that made me want to shout "Yes!" at the screen. The cinematography and score are also solid, heightening emotion and making the film feel more personal.
The ensemble cast is amazing. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams are getting all of the attention, and they are fabulous, however they are pushing some other talent to the back-burner. John Slattery has one of the best, most under-appreciated roles of the year, as does Stanley Tucci. All of the actors are ridiculously believable and make me think that they are actually these people. I even had a hard time sometimes remembering that this wasn't a documentary because it was that believable.
Overall, "Spotlight" is an absolute must-see for anyone who loves film. It was the best film of 2015, and it's my pick to win Best Picture.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.